Mr David Shipley, managing director of CSRE, which represents CSR
Nanjing Puzhen in Europe, believes the GRZhD contract is a precursor
for more Chinese trains in Europe. "Many European train operators and
financiers are keen to support the introduction of Chinese trains," he
says. "The introduction of these units by Georgia State Railways shows
that Chinese train builders can adapt themselves to an unfamiliar track
gauge, an unfamiliar electrical supply voltage and unfamiliar standards
in general, and deliver modern passenger trains within a very
challenging time scale. This will hopefully give other potential
European customers the confidence to take advantage of the excellent
value for money that Chinese rolling stock represents."